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Stephane Coutu

Stephane Coutu

I have been at Penn State since 1997 and am a professor in the Departments of Physics and of Astronomy and Astrophysics. I design and build scientific instrumentation (assorted particle detectors and readout electronics) integrated into complex payloads flown on high-altitude NASA balloons from remote locations such as Antarctica, northern Canada or the US Southwest wilderness. These include the High Energy Antimatter Telescope (HEAT), the Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass (CREAM) payload, and the Cosmic Ray Electron Synchrotron Telescope (CREST). With these, I study naturally occurring high-energy particles of matter and antimatter, in an effort to identify and characterize their sources in the Galaxy. I am working on the ISS-CREAM mission to deploy a cosmic ray instrument to the International Space Station. I am also involved in the large international Pierre Auger Observatory, the world's largest detector covering an area the size of Rhode Island in western Argentina, with which the most energetic and rarest particles are studied. These experimental efforts give us glimpses into some of the most extreme and high-energy environments in the Universe since the Big Bang.


 

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